Skill Development Training in Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) sector

Background:

National Policy on Electronics 2012: Government of India has approved the National Policy on Electronics 2012 which aims at transforming India into a premier ESDM hub. The objective of the policy include creation of an eco-system for a globally competitive Electronic System Design and Manufacturing sector in the country to achieve a turnover of USD 400 billion by 2020 and employ around 28 million at various levels by 2020. Moreover, the policy also proposes setting up of over 200 Electronic Manufacturing Clusters. The employment in the Electronics industry is estimated to grow phenomenally.

In order to facilitate skill development in ESDM sector focusing on students/unemployed youth at 9-10th standard onwards, ITI, Diploma, Non-engineering graduates, etc. to increase their employability to work in 'Manufacturing' and 'Service support' functions, a 'Scheme for Financial Assistance to select States/UTs for Skill Development in Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) sector' was approved by DeitY in November, 2013. A total of 90,000 persons are to be supported under the scheme in the selected States in 5 levels of vocational skill development courses recognized by NIELIT/Electronic Sector Skill Council/Telecom Sector Skill Council. The total outlay of the Scheme is Rs. 113.77 crore with Grant-in-Aid of Rs. 100 crore (approx.). Based on the proposals received, an Empowered Committee had selected the states of Andhra Pradesh (including Telangana; Target divided equally i.e. 7,500 for each state), Jammu & Kashmir (Target: 15,000 in all 5 levels), Karnataka (Target :15,000 in all 5 levels), Kerala (Target: 11,250 - for Level 3, 4, 5 courses only), Punjab (Target: 15,000 in all 5 levels), Uttarakhand (Target: 3750 - for Level 1, 2 courses only) and Uttar Pradesh (Target : 15,000 in all 5 levels). An Expert Committee has been constituted by the Government to recommend the basket of courses which could be covered under the said scheme. So far this Committee has recommended 24 courses so far for rollout of the scheme. The state of Karnataka has launched one course already and the other selected states and the three key implementing agencies viz. NIELIT, ESSC and TSSC are in the process of identifying state level training agencies in the respective states for launching these courses very shortly.

Further, the Government has announced a 'Digital India' initiative, under the aegis of which the department has approved the instant Scheme to cover all the remaining States/UTs of the country which are not covered in the previous scheme in order to facilitate creation of an eco­system for development ESDM sector in the entire country. Both the Schemes are to be implemented concurrently.

Skill-wise targets:

  Lower level skills Middle level skills Higher level skills
Level Un-skilled (Ll-L2) Semi-skilled (L3) Supervisor (L4) Master technician/ Trainer (L5)
Equivalence IX-X std. ITI Diploma Post-Diploma
Entry at VIIIth pass 10th pass 1011, + ITI, 12th pass, Other graduates (non-Science) Diploma, BSc.
Course duration(to be fixed by NIELIT/ESSCl/ TSSC in line with NSQF) 3 months (-200-250 hrs)* 6 month (-350 hrs.)* 6 month (-350 hrs.)* 6 month (-400 hrs.)*
* No. of hours are indicative as per requirements indicated in NVEQF
Target (No. of candidates) 82,000 82,000 1,14,800 49,200
3,28,000 candidates

Financial Assistance:

(a) Assistance towards Course fee:

  • Assistance of 75% of course fee (to be fixed for each level) for students belonging to General category. The remaining 25% of the Training/Skilling cost for general candidates would be borne by the candidates/Skilling Institute or jointly.
  • Assistance of 100% of course fee for students belonging to SC/ST, Economically Weaker Sections (EWS). 40% seats would be reserved for the students belonging to these categories.
  • Assistance to be provided only after a candidate clears a certification exam by NIELIT or SSCs or a certifying body recognized by SSCs.

(b) Assistance towards Registration-cum-Certification fee:

  • Assistance for 75% Registration-cum-Certification fee (including Examination fee for theory, Practical and Project Evaluation) to be reimbursed to NIELIT/SSC recognized agency for candidates belonging to the General category who appears in the examination for the first time. The remaining 25% of the Registration-cum­Certification cost for general candidates would be borne by the candidates/Skilling Institute or jointly. No reimbursement for 2nd attempt onwards.
  • Assistance for 100% Registration-cum-Certification fee (including Examination fee for theory, Practical and Project Evaluation) to be reimbursed to NIELIT/SSC recognized agency for candidates belonging to SC/ST/EWS category who appears in the examination for the first time. No reimbursement for 2nd attempt onwards.

(c) Assistance to State Implementing Agency (towards Overheads and Placement)

  • Assistance for Overhead and Placement @ 10% of Skilling Assistance (as per targets indicated in the Scheme) for each State Implementing Agency for creating implementation, monitoring and placement mechanism.

(d) Assistance for PMU at NIELIT

  • 100% Funds for Implementation, Monitoring, MIS, Awareness/Mobilisation Mechanism, etc.

(e) Criteria for Economically Weaker Sections(EWS): An amount of Rs. 2.00 lakh per annum as the Parental Income from all sources as a ceiling for selecting the candidates from economically weaker sections along with adoption of 'merit-cum means'.

Overall Financial details of the Scheme:

S.No. Course at Level Ll, L2 L3 L4 L5
1 Level-wise Course fee per candidate 5,000/- 10,000/- 12,000/- 15,000/-
2 Level-wise Registration-cum-certification cost (including Examination fee for theory, Practical and Project Evaluation) per candidate (all inclusive one time assistance) 500/- 1000/- 1500/- 2000/-

Category-wise, year-wise, level-wise targets:

S.No Levels Category of States Year-1 Year-2 Year-3 Year-4 Total
1 LI, L2 level Large States 750 950 950 1,100 3,750
Medium States 400 500 500 600 2,000
Small States 100 125 125 150 500
2 L3 level Large States 750 950 950 1,100 3,750
Medium States 400 500 500 600 2,000
Small States 100 125 125 150 500
3 L4 level Large States 1,050 1,300 1,300 1,600 5,250
Medium States 560 700 700 840 2,800
Small States 140 175 175 210 700
4 L5 level Large States 450 550 550 700 2,250
Medium States 240 300 300 360 1,200
Small States 60 75 75 90 300
  Sub-Total Large States 3,000 3,750 3,750 4,500 15,000
Medium States 1,600 2,000 2,000 2,400 8,000
Small States 400 500 500 600 2,000
a Reserved Seats (40%) SC/ST/EWS* Large States 1,200 1,500 1,500 1,800 6,000
Medium States 640 800 800 960 3,200
Small States 160 200 200 240 800
b General Seats(60%) Large States 1,800 2,250 2,250 2,700 9,000
Medium States 960 1,200 1,200 1,440 4,800
Small States 240 300 300 360 1,200
* SC - 15%, ST- 7.5%; EWS - 17.5%

Flexibility would be provided to reward the States/UTs who are able to achieve their targets by enhancing their targets after reducing the same from other lesser-performing States/UTs (with in the overall targets/budget outlay).

Categorization of States/UTs:

Large States Medium States Small States
Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Chandigarh, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Dadra
Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh*, Meghalaya, Tripura, & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu,
Karnataka, Rajasthan, Bihar, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Puducherry, Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Nagaland, Mizoram, Sikkim Lakshadweep
Gujarat, Haryana, Odisha,    
Kerala*, Punjab, Delhi, Assam, Jammu and Kashmir, .  
Uttarakhand*, Jharkhand,    
Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh,    
Telangana*    

* The states of Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Telangana and Uttarakhand which were covered under the earlier Scheme with lesser targets will now be assigned additional targets(subject to above ceilings) in the instant Scheme to bring them at par with other similarly placed states.